Kenora Rainy-River MPP Sarah Campbell has addressed the House of Commons for the last time. As she plans to step away from politics and not re-run as the MPP, Campbell delivered one final statement as the provincial representative of northwestern Ontario, and spoke about how meaningful the experience has been for her.
“It is an honour to rise and deliver one final statement in this House as the member from Kenora–Rainy River. Throughout my short time in this place, I have always been a northerner first, believing that northern issues are too important to become a casualty of partisan political wrangling. I held dear the advice imparted to me by the former member from Trinity–Spadina, Mr. Rosario Marchese, who cautioned me to remember who elected me. For me, this was always easy to do as there has always been so much work to do to make sure that northwestern Ontario gets a fair deal.”
In the process of serving the riding, she has advocated for researchers at the Experimental Lakes, ratepayers struggling with hydro bills, drivers worried about highway maintenance and First Nations members dealing with such important issues as clean drinking water, mercury pollution and Freedom Road.
In opposition, the MPP has served in progressively more responsible roles as the critic for women's issues, aboriginal affairs and most recently, community and social services.
“Much of the work here that I’ve done has been on ensuring that northerners have a robust health care system where no one is left behind due to their inability to pay or their postal code; a safe, reliable network of roads and transportation options; low hydro costs for residents and industry; a positive, respectful relationship with indigenous populations; thriving local economies with stable employment and resource revenue sharing with northern communities; affordable child care; appropriate senior care; and, overall, respect for our northern culture and values.”
Quite literally, she's represented a riding larger than some European countries for the last six years. She had also served as the assistant for former MPP and party leader Howard Hampton, before she took office.
“I wish the two new members who will represent Kenora–Rainy River following the election the very best of luck. I sincerely hope that they, too, will remember who elected them and that they remain fierce defenders of the north, above all else. This focus has always meant more to us than party colours.”
Campbell has previously reserved comment on her plans post-politics, besides caring for her family and two young children.
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